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'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa': the women fighting Isis - The Guardian

Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is part of the all-female Kurdish force battling to rout Islamic State. Driving them on is the chance to free women enslaved by the extremists: 'It starts with fighting Daesh, then the mentality of the male'. by Mark ...and more »

Moscow Beats Washington by Suggesting Zones of Tensions' Reduction in Syria - Asharq Al-awsat English

Beirut – Russia surprised the Syrian opposition and their allies on Monday by suggesting four “zones of reduction of tensions” in the country, and the creation of a joint working group to prepare for a battle to remove ISIS and al-Nusra from those ...and more »

US-backed militias oust Islamic State from Syria's Tabqa old city - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said on Monday they had pushed Islamic State fighters out of the old quarters of Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, hemming the militants into the remaining modern district along ...and more »

US-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign - Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.and more »

Kurdish forces 'take 90 percent' of Syria's Tabqa -

Kurdish forces are reported to have taken 90 percent of Tabqa city in Syria's Raqqa province from ISIL amid clashes that have left an estimated 19 people dead. The claim was made by the official spokesperson for Ghadab al-Furat, a Kurdish group ...and more »

US-backed forces seize 80% of Syria's Tabqa from Daesh: monitor - Arab News

BEIRUT: US-backed fighters have captured 80 percent of Syria's Tabqa from the Daesh group, a monitor said on Monday, a week after they first entered the town. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) broke into Tabqa from the south last week and have ...and more »

US forces in buffer zone to block Turk-Kurdish fighting - Washington Times

The distinctive green and gold banner of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG flew alongside the Stars and Stripes this week, as U.S. troops and Kurdish paramilitaries took up positions in northern Syria's enclave of Rojava. The combination ...and more »

War monitor says US-backed forces control 80 percent of Tabqa - TRT World

Elsewhere, Syrian opposition fighters in Eastern Ghouta opened fire on civilians protesting against opposition infighting. Taqba is home to an estimated 85,000 people, including Daesh militants from other areas. (TRT World and Agencies). The Syrian ...and more »

The scramble for eastern Syria: A new Great Game - Middle East Eye

After the Syrian regime's recapture of Aleppo in December 2016 and the consequential pushing and cornering of major rebel forces into Idlib, the tide of the Syrian civil war was decisively turned in favour of the government. Ever since, it has mainly ...and more »

US-Backed Fighters Advance Against IS In Tabqa, Monitor Says - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

U.S-backed Kurdish-Arab forces have made gains against Islamic State (IS) militants in the town of Tabqa near the extremists' stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, a leading monitor group says. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on ...and more »